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Antique J. H. Steward Pocket Reflecting Sight Level

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An antique Pocket Reflecting Sight surveyors level made by J. H. Steward of London, probably c.1912. Sighting was carried out by looking through the eyepiece and viewing the reflection of the spirit level bubble in the internal mirror. Essentially, this is a simplified version of the Abney Level. The level is clearly marked 'J. H. Steward, 406 Strand, London'. The level comes with its original fitted leather case.

James Henry Steward established his business in London in 1852. As a maker and retailer of optical, scientific, military and surveying instruments. J.H. Steward was the head optician of the company and had businesses at 406 Strand, 457 West Strand and 54 Cornhill in London. In the mid 1800s he became the optician to Her Majesty's Government and the National Rifle, and National Artillery Associations. James Henry Steward died in 1896. J. H. Steward Ltd was incorporated in 1912 and continued in business until the middle of the 20th century.


In good condition and full working order. With some cosmetic wear to the original blackened finish. The fitted leather case is in very good condition. The name and address of the original owner is written inside the case.

Dimensions: 105mm length (leather case: 120mm length)